The startup curve

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I gave a talk at Telecom ParisTech earlier this week about business creation. One of the key points I tried to stuff into the wannabe entrepreneur’s heads was “IT TAKES TIME”. I wish I hadn’t missed Paul Graham’s startup curve as it beautifully illustrates the point. Stephanie usually says that creating a business takes 3 years:
Year 1: shape the idea, Year 2: develop it, Year 3: learn to sell it.